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With Both Hands: Poet Elizabeth Mudenyo

It’s a recurring phrase in my work, and has come to mean a lot of things. Holding something half-heartedly you’d do with one hand. But if you really want something, to claim it, you’d take it with both hands. When this line appears at the end of the book, it’s about expansion and pushing. A lot of this chapbook is about permissions and entering oneself. Part of that is pushing away the smallness, letting myself be big. 

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Issue 44.2 Teaser: Guelph Guy

When they started dating, Almost Daddy visited every month. He picked her up on Sundays after her cashier shift at the pharmacy, at Dundas and Spadina in Downtown Chinatown. She wore the same Niagara Falls coat, layering on a second jacket in the winter. Unlike most refugees that she knew, Guelph Guy had his own car. He’d pick her up and take her on walks by the harbourfront. To feel the humidity of indoor plants at Allan Gardens, to watch movies at the University Theatre on Yonge Street.

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Issue 44.2 Teaser: Guelph Guy

When they started dating, Almost Daddy visited every month. He picked her up on Sundays after her cashier shift at the pharmacy, at Dundas and Spadina in Downtown Chinatown. She wore the same Niagara Falls coat, layering on a second jacket in the winter. Unlike most refugees that she knew, Guelph Guy had his own car. He’d pick her up and take her on walks by the harbourfront. To feel the humidity of indoor plants at Allan Gardens, to watch movies at the University Theatre on Yonge Street.

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ROOM 44.2, City Rhythms
Edited by Isabella Wang

In This Issue: Yulia Aleynikova, Adèle Barclay, Cayenne Bradley, Chrissy Brett, Jewel Cao, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Zoë Dagneault, Pamela Dillon, Leanne Dunic, sophie anne edwards, Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, PhD, Sahar Golshan, Sarah Hamill, Alannah Johnson, Micah Killjoy, Hege Anita Jakobsen Lepri, Annick MacAskill, Heather Simeney MacLeod, Melanie Mah, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Loretta Miauw, Masha Nova, Lue Palmer, Sha’teiohserí:io Patton, Melissa Peacock, Amanda Proctor, Sindhu Rajasekaran, Lorraine Robson, Jessica Rose, Nedda Sarshar, Asna Shaikh, Sonali Singh, Nadia Siu Van, Grace Q. Song, Anna Swanson, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, Lauren Turner, Isabella Wang, Cara Waterfall, Yu-Sen Zhou

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